Animation films are for all ages and it can communicate a million emotions, moving beyond just the mushy appearances, and ‘Up’ was certainly a fine example. Now another Pixar-like film is breaking the Internet for all the right reasons. The short film ‘In a Heartbeat’ made by director duo Beth David and Esteban Bravo deals with a young teenager coming out as gay and is melting hearts online.
The movie, which started out as a student thesis project at Ringling College of Art and Design, and had a Kickstarter campaign has become a hit sensation and garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube since it was released on July 31.
The one-of-a kind film shows a young closeted boy struggling to come to terms with his feelings for his peer, just when he is ‘ousted by his own heart’. The 4-minute film is a silent film but it sensitively and beautifully captures every dilemma a person from the LGBTQI community faces. From the fear of acceptance to being frowned upon by others and a broken heart shunned by the societal norms — the film has captured every essence beautifully with dignity.